The Occupy Wall Street protesters are at war with capitalism. They call for a revolution. The very name of the movement is belligerent.
A man was killed after a fight broke out close to the Occupy camp in Oakland, California, but it is not clear if he was a protester.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said on Thursday: “Tonight’s incident underscores the reason why the encampment must end. The risks are too great.”
She also said the protest was diverting police from tackling violence in the rest of the city.
Zuccotti Park in New York City is also a breeding ground for bacteria:
With little sleep in cold conditions, cigarettes and drinks being passed from mouth to mouth, and few opportunities to wash hands, Zuccotti Park may now just be the best place to catch respiratory viruses, norovirus (also known as the winter vomiting virus) and tuberculosis, according to one doctor.
The damp clothing and cardboard signs wet with rain are also breeding grounds for mold. Some protesters are urinating in bottles and leaving food trash discarded throughout the campground, providing further opportunities for nastiness.
There have also been deaths in Occupy Wall Street protests in Oklahoma City, Vancouver, New Orleans, and Bloomington, Indiana. Unless there have been more deaths that I am unaware of, there has been a total of seven deaths at Occupy Wall Street protests. And there have also likely been deaths resulting from the diversion of police from regular crime to the Occupy protests.
The death toll has been escalating over the past few days. Unfortunately, the death toll will likely continue to rise, especially considering the unsanitary conditions present at the camps.
John Hinderaker makes this observation at Power Line:
If you have ever wondered what would happen in a society consisting entirely of liberals, the Occupier movement is providing the answer: devolution.